UPDATE: Full Review now available on Motorcycle.com Almost forgotten among a group of new high-profile sportbikes is the new Kawasaki Z1000. After having ridden it yesterday in the twists and hills of the Central California coast, I’m here to tell you that this is a real-world sportbike to be reckoned with. Forget the old Z1000. […]
2012 Yamaha TMax Scooter Unveiled At EICMA
Not one to rest on its laurels, Yamaha’s sportbike/scooter hybrid, the TMax, was unveiled earlier today at EICMA with a few important upgrades to keep it ahead of the competition.
The most apparent change from the previous generation TMax is the redesigned bodywork, which boasts an even more aggressive look while maintaining the classic TMax looks. The distinctive double headlights, enhanced accent lines, and an upwards-swooping LED tail assembly all lend to highlight the TMax’s sporting nature.
Power from the four-valve, 530cc twin sees an increase this year thanks to a host of lighter, more efficient components. Yamaha claims a boost in torque that will be especially felt off idle and in the mid-range. This engine is solid-mounted within the same die-cast aluminum frame as the previous model, delivering agile low-speed maneuverability and stability at high speed.
The TMax rides on the same 15-inch wheels as before, only now they feature a new, lightweight five-spoke design. Dual 267mm discs in the front and a single 287mm disc in the rear provide stopping power. In some markets, ABS will also be an option. A new-and-improved belt-drive features a almost no play in the belt. This in turn means more linear power delivery and better feel through the throttle.
It’s not yet known if the new TMax will make its way to our shores, as Yamaha’s U.S. website makes no mention to the it. Let’s hope that it does, since it’s got the performance potential to nip at the heels of some sportbikes.